Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Morrow County Records Inventory
Probate Case Files
Series documents actions taken on probate cases brought before the county, district, or circuit court for settlement. Records include wills, receipts, claims, vouchers, petitions to sell, notices of annual accounting, final estate accounting reports, appraiser's affidavits, bills of sale, inventories, fee bills, appraisals, administrator and appointment certificates, and appraiser oaths. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases. Portions of these records may be restricted.
Morrow County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987. Most of the records located in the clerk's vault are available as digital images in a searchable database at the clerk's office.
Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Probate Docket [also indexes case files], vol. 4, 1964-1987 (1 reel of microfilm);
Probate Docket County Court [with index-also indexes probate case files], vol. 2-3, 1926-1979 (2 volumes);
Probate Docket County Judge [with index-also indexes probate case files], vol. 1, 1911-1967 (1 volume);
Probates [Case Files], no. 1-822, 1887-1935 (ca.15 cu.ft.);
Vault Index Probate Papers, vol. 2, ca.1905-1935 (1 volume).
Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
[Probate Case Files], no. 823-1940, 85PR001-02PR020, 1935-2002 (31 cu.ft.);
Probate Docket County Court [also indexes case files], vol. 4, 1964-1987 (1 volume);
Probate Index Microfilm, n.d. (1 volume);
Small Estates Index, vol. 1, 1974-1984 (1 volume).
Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
[Probate Case Files-includes older open cases], 2003-present (8 cu.ft.).
Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
County Court Probate Register Fee Book [also indexes probate case files], 1885-1904 (1 volume);
Probate Register [with index to case files], vol. 2, 1898-1920 (1 volume).